While both teams tried to beat the heat, the Long Island Road Warriors beat the North Fork Ospreys, rather soundly, too.
Then again, the Road Warriors had a lot more to play for: a place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.
The Road Warriors turned up the heat and put an end to the Ospreys’ season as both teams labored under the baking sun on a sweltering Sunday. READ
When he wasn’t mowing down batters on the mound during his high school career at Mattituck, Joe Tardif was tracking down balls in center field for the Tuckers. As his career progressed to SUNY/Cortland, where he’ll be playing his final season next spring as a senior, he played primarily in right field. READ
Joe Tardif’s entrance into the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League was loud and dramatic.
In his first at-bat for the North Fork Ospreys, Tardif blasted a 3-and-2 pitch for a grand slam against the Long Island Road Warriors. “That was cool,” he said. READ
While an actual osprey soared above the baseball field at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic, making its presence known with high-pitched squeals, the North Fork Ospreys were making noise of their own down below. READ
Bill Ianniciello didn’t do anything like mistakenly walk into the wrong dugout or give signs to the other team, but the Riverhead Tomcats’ new manager acknowledged that going up against his former club was a different experience. READ
As Tom Hanks said in the movie “A League of Their Own,” there’s no crying in baseball.
Or is there? READ
When the pressure is really on, it’s more important than ever to stay loose.
As contradictory as that may sound, Miles Kelly can attest to its truth. READ
Matt Stepnoski didn’t have to think long when he was asked what he has learned the most about playing in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League this summer.
“I’m not as good as I think I am,” he said. “It’s humbling. You see a lot of kids from all over the country and you realize you’re a small fish in a big pond. It’s a good humbling experience.” READ
Will the real warriors, please stand up?
In one dugout we have the Long Island Road Warriors, whose nickname speaks for itself. Across from them, in the other dugout, we have the Riverhead Tomcats, who have shown the warrior spirit through their play.
By tomorrow evening, the ultimate warriors will be crowned. READ
What amounted to a play-in game for a play-in game has left the North Fork Ospreys out.
Much like the game of musical chairs that was played by youngsters in between innings at Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic Friday night, the Ospreys have been left without a place in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoffs. For the first time in 10 years, they will not be in the postseason. READ